NFL: Week Five, 2008

by Rick Rockwell

Another week in the up-and-down, seemingly unpredictable National Football League and another week without a formal column. However, it seems readers like it this way best as more folks are reading week by week this way rather than with some supposedly pithy sermonizing. So as is the recent custom, some questions and a statement. Why would any team switch coaches four games into a season? Isn't the best time for that before the season begins? With new interim coaches, does that doom the Rams and Raiders? And is Al Davis, the Evil Emperor of the Raiders living up to his reputation? Is he buggier than ever? Are Packers fans wondering about the sanity of their team's management after Brett Favre threw six touchdown passes for the Jets last weekend, and Aaron Rodgers sprained his shoulder? Will Brian Griese get his revenge in Denver? Will the Jaguars show the Steelers this week which division in the AFC is the toughest? With a 2-2 record is the Hero Team of 2008 already jinxed because they are in last place in their division? Is D.C.'s team for real or just the product of a light schedule and a heady upset in Dallas? When Jim Zorn's bunch comes to Philly, they better be ready for an exotic blitz package, because the Eagles are going to bring it; expect this game to be a great NFC East war and very close. And now, the picks are after the jump....

Week 5 Office Pool Predictions

Game of the Week: Washington at Eagles (Eagles)
Upset Special: Vikings at Saints (Vikings)

Buccaneers at Broncos (Broncos)
Patriots at 49ers (Patriots)
Steelers at Jaguars (Jaguars)
Colts at Texans (Texans)
Seahawks at Giants (Giants)
Bears at Lions (Bears)
Bills at Cardinals (Cardinals)
Falcons at Packers (Packers)
Bengals at Cowboys (Cowboys)
Chiefs at Panthers (Panthers)
Titans at Ravens (Titans)
Chargers at Dolphins (Chargers)

Last Week: .538
2008 Season: .633

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    Scotus said...

    I think Linehan got an initial pass on last season because of Steven Jackson's injury. But it was clear by last weekend that he'd lost the players' confidence. Benching Bulger was the final nail in the coffin. As for the Raiders, Al Davis is just nuts. At this point, I can't imagine any coach of note taking that job until after Davis is no longer with us.

    And the Redskins are the real deal right up until Zorn loses again. Then all the armchair coaches and self-proclaimed experts will run around screaming that the sky is falling. (Myself probably among them.)

    Rick Rockwell said...


    I think you get real credit as a blogger who accurately portrays the state of D.C.'s favorite team. The test for me will be this weekend. If the Team that Gibbs Built (Twice... despite lots of meddling) can get past the Eagles, then I think they legitimately can talk about repeating in the playoffs. And Zorn gets credit for holding it all together and installing a new offense to boot.

    As for the Rams... they are not as much of a drama as the Raiders (a lost cause unfortunately) but Georgia (her legacy now that she is gone) and the Rosenbloom family have wrecked that franchise. They won a Super Bowl despite the ownership and front office issues. How about this revisionist history: what if the Rams never dumped Kurt Warner (other teams have stayed loyal to quarterbacks through worse injuries and through wives who were whinier) and never fired Mike Martz? My guess is they'd still be competitive. The Linehan era is now irrelevant other than being the demise of a once great team.

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